CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Washington College senior men's soccer player Tim Marcin (Wilmington, DE/Concord) might graduate from the school $61,000 richer. No, he hasn't signed a professional soccer contract or endorsement deal. To paraphrase the NCAA's public service announcement, Marcin will most likely "go pro in something other than sports." Marcin is one of five finalists for the College's Sophie Kerr Prize - the nation's largest undergraduate literary prize which is valued this year at $61,192.
Marcin, 21, is an English major with minors in creative writing and business management. He is a two-year captain and four-year starter on the soccer team and a three-time qualifier for the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll. Last week, he was announced as the winner of the Alfred Reddish Award, given annually to the graduating male senior student-athlete at Washington College with the highest cumulative grade-point average.
Marcin served as sports editor of the College's student newspaper - The Elm - his senior year. He is a member of the Washington College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and in 2012 became the first student ever to win both the Veryan Beacham Prize for writing about vital issues in public life and the William Warner Prize for writing about nature and the environment.
The winner of the 2013 Sophie Kerr Prize will be announced on May 14, at 7:30 p.m., at Baltimore's Enoch Pratt Free Library. This free, public event at one of the nation's most historic and respected libraries will include remarks by Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Michael Dirda, a columnist for the Washington Post's "Book World." The finalists will read selections from their writing before Dirda returns to the podium to announce the Sophie Kerr winner. For those unable to attend, the entire event will be live-streamed through the Washington College website.
The actual check for the Prize will be awarded during Washington College's 230th Commencement on Sunday, May 19.
The Sophie Kerr Committee, which includes the 11 full-time members of the English Department faculty, read through more than two dozen portfolios submitted by members of the Class of 2013 before choosing the finalists. Marcin's portfolio consists of an assortment of poems and nonfiction pieces that address obsessions and real-life experiences. The committee judges described his writing as "clever and distinctive."
Joining Marcin as finalists for the Prize are Emily Blackner, Maegan Clearwood, Jillian Obermeier, and Bond Richards.